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SENATE ENDS ACA MANDATE IN TAX PROPOSAL

Senate Republicans Tuesday added measures to their tax code overhaul to repeal the ACA’s health insurance requirement, saying that removing the mandate would allow them to further reduce tax rates for individuals without adding more to the deficit. Lawmakers also said they would set all of their tax cuts for individuals to expire at the… read more

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ACA CHANGES CREATING FREE PLANS

An analysis of government data, done by Kaiser Family Foundation, shows that in 1,540 U.S. counties, a hypothetical 40-year-old making $25,000 a year can get a basic “bronze” plan under the ACA next year for zero monthly premium. The “free plans” are partly the result of President Donald Trump’s efforts to dismantle the ACA, which… read more

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SENATE MOVES ON

U.S. Senate Republicans have officially abandoned the latest plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Majority leader Mitch McConnell says they’ll shift focus to their next big legislative goal: overhauling the tax code. (The New York Times)

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SENATE HEALTH CARE BILL FALTERS AGAIN

GOP Sens. John McCain, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski joined Senate Democrats early Friday morning in a 51-49 vote to reject the Senate’s repeal of the ACA. Senate leaders initially thought they would be able to pass a “skinny” bill which would have repealed a few key parts of the ACA, but fell just one… read more

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GOP UNABLE TO REACH HEALTH CARE DEAL

Despite late night-meetings Wednesday on the all-but-dead GOP health care plan, Republicans were unable to reach a deal to salvage the bill. President Donald Trump called 49 Republican senators to the White House for lunch Wednesday, taking them to task for failing to agree on a plan to repeal and replace the ACA. (Reuters)

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GOP HEALTH CARE BILL DELAYED AGAIN

Texas Sen. John Cornyn Sunday vowed to bring the GOP’s health care bill to a vote as soon as possible, even as Senate leaders delayed the vote again due to the absence of Arizona Sen. John McCain. McCain, who had a craniotomy to remove a blood clot above his eye, could be out more than… read more

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GOP DELAYS VOTE ON HEALTH CARE BILL

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell Tuesday delayed a vote on the legislation to repeal and replace the ACA. McConnell delayed the vote because the Senate GOP lacked the votes needed to even call the bill for debate. “We will not be on the bill this week, but we’re still working toward getting at least 50… read more

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CBO SCORES SENATE HEALTH CARE BILL

The Senate bill to repeal the ACA is facing an uphill battle after the Congressional Budget Office Monday said it would increase the number of people without insurance by 22 million by 2026. On the heels of the announcement, GOP Sens. Susan Collins and Rand Paul said they would vote against even debating the legislation…. read more

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ILLINOIS HEALTH INSURANCE STICKER SHOCK

Illinois residents are dealing with hefty inflation when they log on to HealthCare.gov for the Affordable Care Act’s third open enrollment season, which began Nov. 1. Some health care consumers are seeing rates increases of 40 percent or more. Blue Cross is the target of a lot of consumer unhappiness. The state’s dominant health insurer… read more

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COMPANIES CHIP AWAY AT HEALTH BENEFITS

Companies’ health care costs in 2015 rose at the lowest rate in at least 20 years, a report out Thursday shows, but workers’ share of costs continue to skyrocket. The average health care rate increase for midsized and large companies was 3.2% this year, the lowest since the consulting firm Aon started trading it in… read more

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